Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Andy Bianco Homefront Armored 2014

Pittsburgh native Andy Bianco is part of the exciting evolution of modern jazz guitar, he swings like a beast!
Brent Black / www.criticaljazz.com
Good guitarists are like Starbucks, one on every corner. Great guitarists develop their own harmonic voice and then move to the next level, Andy Bianco is a great guitarist. Homefront is an important part of the future of modern jazz while still have a foot anchored in the roots of full contact swing. Bianco is a prolific composer turning in six originals and backed with a stellar ensemble of musical co-conspirators that work as a true collective. Fire and ice...The perfect storm.
"Southern Cross" kicks off the session with a vibrant swing and clean angular lines coming from Bianco. "Stormy Sunday" is a groove you can use with a syncopated off metered pop but a swing that you will hear with your feet. "Clouds" is a somewhat more dialed down ambient ballad that transcends genre and allows Bianco's harmonic sense of exploration to take flight.
While Andy Bianco is a relative new shooter in the modern jazz realm of six string aficionado's, there is little doubt he is as artistically gifted as he is technically proficient. The band is A list and a first call fire storm of swing that can touch your heart and set your hair on fire at the same time.
Homefront is a review that writes itself. Stupid good! One of the better new artists that I have heard this year!
Tracks: Southern Cross; Thermocline; Song of The Changing Seasons; Stormy Sunday; Hand Revealed Messages; Clouds; Homefront; Cirrus Skies.
Personnel: Andy Bianco: Guitar; Jacob Yoffee Tenor Saxophone: (1,2,7,8); Chris Hemingway: Alto Saxophone (4,5); Mike Murray: Piano (1,2,4,6,7,8); Don DePaolis: Piano (3 & 5); Tony DePaolis: Bass; Dave Throckmorton: Drums.